Nanocomposite Scintillator for Detection of Nuclear Radiation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$99,986.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-07-P-0235
Agency Tracking Number:
T071-004-0107
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA07-004
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
BOSTON APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114584175
Principal Investigator
 Yanyun Wang
 Sr. Materials Engineer
 (781) 935-2800
 yywang@bostonati.com
Business Contact
 Y. Zou
Title: President
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Email: kzou@bostonati.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Recent advances in scintillator materials research have resulted in the development of lanthanum halides detectors. These detectors offer improved energy resolution, faster emission and excellent temperature dependency and linearity characteristics. However, the lanthanum halides crystals have not yet been grown to preferred large sizes. Moreover, this material possesses a fatal drawback of being high hygroscopic, which makes its processing and handling difficult. In this project, Boston Applied Technologies, Inc. (BATi) proposes to synthesize a transparent nanocomposite of lanthanum halides scintillator materials. A salted sol-gel (SSG) method, which has been developed recently for producing nano-phosphors in our lab, will be used to synthesize the nanocomposites. This novel lanthanum halides nanocomposite scintillator will provide a low-cost, large-volume, high performance scintillators to meet the DoD requirement for field ruggedness and adverse operating environments.

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